Graduate Syllabus Guidelines

Faculty teaching courses administered by the Graduate School should develop syllabi that communicate fundamental information about the course, set expectations for students about course requirements and communicate important university policies.

Below are links to guidelines providing recommended course information and official policy language. The guidelines provide suggestions, though the format of and course information in a syllabus are ultimately driven by instructor preference, discipline and department standards, and student needs. The policy statements are standardized to provide official language. Any policy statement included in a syllabus should reflect the language provided verbatim. Policy statements can be copied and pasted from this website or linked in the syllabus.

A number of resources regarding syllabi development are available online and in academic journals. One example is Parkes, J. & Harris, M.B. (2002). The purpose of a syllabus. College Teaching, 50(2), 55-61.